Epistle: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel: Luke 15:11-32
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, February 26th, Memorial Divine Liturgy at 10am. (Panikhida for Richard Kloss at 9:40am.)
-Sunday, February 27th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Memory eternal—Subdeacon Michael Bartosh.
-Self-serve coffee is available today.
-Fr. Tristan will be traveling to Pittsburgh today until Thursday. Please, if there are any emergencies, call Nellie Eyerman, who will contact our Dean, Fr. Gary Breton, who will take care of any possible emergencies while Fr. Tristan is away.
-Our church roof has damage and leakage. We will be calling on some inspectors to assess the roof’s damage. We will keep the parish informed and updated on any necessary news regarding the roof.
-We will serve a panikhida for Richard Kloss at 9:40am Saturday morning, before Liturgy. Liturgy will still start at 10am.
-Thank you Stephanie V. for donating a keyboard for the choir.
-The Flemington Food Pantry sent a letter of thanks to us for our donation of 100 lbs. of groceries on Dec. 20. This is in addition to the donations that we made to the Clinton Food Pantry. The letter is posted on the bulletin board. Thank you again for all who participated in this ministry.
-A pierogi making workshop has been scheduled for March 11th and 12th. Please pencil in these dates, so you can assist in this fundraising project. We await word from Shop Rite regarding or request for ingredients.
-St. Simon of Cyrene Mission Church in New Brunswick, NJ has established a stewardship campaign asking for financial assistance to continue their outreach programs and to find new space for their church. If you are able, please help them, by going to https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/3036161.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed: Sbdn. Michael
Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Leonty, Alla
Words for the Day
Whoever hates his sins will stop sinning; and whoever confesses them will receive remission. A man can not abandon the habit of sin if he does not first gain enmity toward sin, nor can he receive remission of sin without confession of sin. For the confession of sin is the cause of true humility.
(St. Isaac the Syrian, Homilies, 71)
-150. It is harmful to remember previous sins in detail. For if they bring you sorrow, they will estrange you from hope, but if they are remembered without sorrow, they will introduce the previous defilement. If you want to bring to God an uncondemned confession, then don't remember your sins in detail, but manfully endure the suffering that is coming because of them.
(St. Mark the Ascetic, Homilies, 2.151,153)
The Lord greatly loves the repenting sinner and mercifully presses him to His bosom: "Where were you, My child? I was waiting a long time for you." The Lord calles all to Himself with the voice of the Gospel, and his voice is heard in all the world: "Come to me, my sheep. I created you, and I love you. My love for you brought Me to earth, and I suffered all things for the sake of your salvation, and I want you all to know my love, and to say, like the apostles on Tabor: Lord, it is good for us to be with You."
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, IX.27)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to
idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46.“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”